Susan McIlvaine Kenney (born April 28, 1941) is an American short story writer and novelist.
She was born in Summit, New Jersey, and spent her childhood in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa, and from Cornell University, with a Ph.D. She taught at Colby College.
She married professor Edwin Kenney, who died on December 8, 1992; they had two children, James and Anne.
- Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
- New York State Regents Graduate Fellowship
- 1982 O. Henry Award for "Facing Front"
- National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, 1983–1984
- New Voice Literary Award, In Another Country, 1985
- ALN Notable Books of the Year, for In Another Country
- 1989 New York Times Notable Paperback of the Year, for Sailing
- Garden of Malice. Penguin Group USA. 1992. ISBN 978-0-14-016966-9.
- Graves in Academe. Penguin Books. 1986. ISBN 978-0-14-009386-5.
- One Fell Sloop. Viking. 1990. ISBN 978-0-670-83537-9.
- In Another Country. Penguin Books. 1985. ISBN 978-0-14-007407-9.
- Sailing. Viking. 1988. ISBN 978-0-670-81229-5.
- Wesley McNair, ed. (2005). "The Death of the Dog and Other Rescues". Contemporary Maine fiction: an anthology of short stories. Down East Enterprise Inc. ISBN 978-0-89272-693-6.